Lighting: Overcoming Space and Time

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: August 7, 2015

Category: Photography

Ok so final post of the week and so this time I thought I’d share a couple of pictures from a very quick photo shoot of some friends, so as to give you a look at the lighting set up:

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The Brief: The resulting photographs from the photo shoot were to be used for invites to a very special event; they were to be shot against a white background and asked that they be taken at their home.

The Challenge: Space!

Their home is a beautiful thatched cottage set in village location just down the road from where I live; BUT being so meant low ceilings and limited space.

The Solution: Make as small a footprint as possible by using a similar (ish) set up as I would sometimes use in a busy gym to minimise disruption:

  • Elinchrom Rotalux 135cm Octa
  • 130cm x 50cm Elinchrom Rotalux Strip box
  • Silver Reflector

cottagestudioFrom the set up photograph above you can see that the 135cm Octa has been used as the white background and then to the front, positioned as high up to the ceiling as possible is the 130cm Strip Box. Ordinarily I’de have a larger light source in this position but due to the low ceilings this wasn’t possible, so…strip box positioned horizontally worked a treat ūüôā

Finally to add a bit of fill light I used the Silver Reflector. My weapon of choice here is always the California Sunbounce Mini; incredibly light and sturdy AND when you hand it to someone to hold in position they get it right every time, whereas some other brands that aren’t as sturdy bend and flop all over the place.

Note: in the picture above the the strip box is resting to one side; whilst taking the photographs I held it one handed horizontal to the ground and just out of camera view in front of them.

Oh and as for the actual lighting I used the new Elinchrom ELC 1000’s; fab piece of kit that not only packs one heck of a punch at 1000ws but can also drop waaaay down to just 8ws.

Right that’s all from me so have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Cheers,
Glyn

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